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Chevrolet Cruze Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    Yes, I think it's a good price OTD.What did you get, any options and was it in his inventory?
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    he purchased 2012 chevy cruze 1Lt with standard features and the auto tranny and no additional options.price as indicated above was $18,500.00 plus TTT.dealer had many cruze's in stock on the lot.apparently cruze sales have died down quite a bit since the new elantra has become very popular so there are good deals to be had on the cruze.we test drove a basic cruze ls non-turbo model and the car was very lethargic and couldn't get out of it's own way.turbo is the only way to go.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    Well, I think he did well. I notice the Cruise has an iron built motor with a timing chain that's a plus too.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,667
    So he got the 1LT with the turbo then...correct? A bit leary of turbo's and their upkeep, so we'd never buy one of them. I'm still pushing for the Elantra when the time comes. Especially with the longer Hyundai warranty...it's a winner in my book. And I think the public agrees with me on this point, as they sell out almost immediately once they hit the dealers lots, at least down here in South Florida they do. And I've seen more and more of them on the streets lately!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    incase anyone is interested...i went to my selling dealer yesterday where i purchased my 2012 elantra a few month's ago to have the first oil change..while i was waiting for the car i noticed that they had about 10 new elantra's on the lot in different styles and colors.i guess the hoopla is dying down now because the dealers inventory of elantra's are comeing up..they had a sky-blue elantra with the beige interior that looks really nice.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    edited November 2011
    I thought the Elantra didn't have a good color selection. Thanks Puffin;

    P.S. the 2dr cpe looks nice, if I could get it in candy apple red. :shades:
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    I just purchased a 2011 Cruze Eco in the SF Bay Area. I test drove the Cruze LS, the ECO, the Sonic, a Toyota Prius, and a Ford Focus Hatchback before settling on the Cruze ECO. The Sonic was a hoot to drive (with the 1.4 litre), but was a bit tight in the rear seat. The Cruze just felt a lot more "adult" in comparison. The Focus was a nice car too, but mine had a mechanical issue during the test drive (every salesman's nightmare I suspect...). I had read a user review that griped about the interior door pull (to open the doors), my god they were absolutley flimsy feeling... I am sure that the Ford engineers would assure me that they will last, but sheesh, spend the extra 10 cents and get the sturdy plastic...

    2011 Cruze ECO
    Connectivity + Cruise
    Fog lights
    Cargo net
    Spare Tire and Jack

    MSRP + Dest $20,090 (plus the price of the spare tire)
    Negotiated Price $18,900
    TTL + Doc $ 1,860
    OTD Price b/f rebates $20,760
    GM Rebate ($500)
    GM Card Rebate ($2,660)
    Final OTD price $17,600

    On the drive home I averaged 45.5 mpg (25 miles of mostly freeway driving). I am very happy with my car! :D
  • Please double check the mpg via gal/mi driven vs the onboard computer.

    Many Cruze owners report significant differences, like the computer being optimistic !
  • I would like to ask all Cruz owners to report if THEIR onboard computer shows overly optimistic MPG figures.

    Several owners report this issue, if this is indeed a reality, we need to raise the flag and force GM to correct their CAFE ratings for this vehicle.

    Most Sincerely
    DrVette
  • According to the Gates application website, one of the Cruze engines is an "interference engine"

    This means when the Timing Belt breaks, you destroy the engine..

    The 1.8L engine is,
    and according to Gates the 1.4L [I thought is was a 1.6L?] is NOT
    This indicates it has a timing "CHAIN" and not a BELT !

    The wording "interference engine" will be in RED , here's the link.

    http://www.gates.com/part_locator/index.cfm?location_id=3598
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    Thanx, Doc. I went to the link you provided and saw the red ink.I still like how the Cruise handles better than a Focus.
    I've had it with planned obsolesence though . I get the chain. :shades:
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    my local chevy dealer is advertising down here in south fla on their website 2012 chevy cruze LS with the conectivity package and auto tranny for $16,500.00 plus TTT...msrp is $18,740.00.....
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    Oh I am very aware of the optimistic nature of the computer generated mpg LOL... I hadn't noted (or reset) my trip odometer so I don't know how many miles I actually travelled on my first tank of gas. I am on my second tank now (about half a tank gone so far). I drove the family up to the wine country (Sonoma CA) and averaged ~40-41 mpg round trip (including going through downtown SF both ways). I will likely fill it up this weekend, so I will have a much better idea of how optimistic my computer is. I had a Mazdaspeed 3 prior to this car and the computer was off by about 2-3 mpg (~10%). I generally use the computer as a relative gauge to my mileage and actual "pen and paper" for my real MPG.

    My "normal" commute is about 2/3rds City and 1/3rd Hwy, so I am targeting 33 mpg-ish as my goal. :blush:
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,916
    Dr Vette, the EPA tests are not fooled by the dashboard mpg display.
    My Cruze's dashboard average-mpg display seems to be within 1mpg.
    Your dealer may be able to recalibrate yours.
    (If not, maybe take note of how inaccurate it is and subtract the proper percentage - you will probably find that it is a fixed percentage.)
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    Well I just filled up. Now it was not at the same gas station, so there are bound to be some minor fluctuations, but I travelled 333 miles on 9.0 gallons of gas 37.0 mpg. The computer stated 40.1 mpg, so it is off roughly 3 mpg on my car (which has been my experience with out Lexus and my previous Mazda). I do add about 4/10ths of a gallon after the initial shutoff... I wonder if this confuses the computer at all...

    My driving had a lot more freeway driving than normal so I expect my average mpg will be a bit lower going forward.

    I love my car. I cannot wait to take it on a longer road trip to see how close I can get it to 50 mpg :shades:
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,916
    adding gas after the initial shutoff can wreck parts of the evap system, which could significantly reduce gas mileage. there will be no confusing the dashboard mpg function about that - instead, the OBD function may throw an error code after enough miles/tanks without evap/gas-vapor-recovery system functioning properly.

    A manual way to know vapor-recovery system can be functioning properly is when you open the cap when tank is fairly full and hear whoosh of air. Whoosh = good. When tank is nearly empty it might not whoosh as much , or at all, however.

    if plenty of gas in tank and it's been sealed for a while especially with some temperature changes (especially temperature increases), THEN
    if no whoosh, that means no positive pressure in the tank, and evap system cannot function in that case. If yes whoosh, the vapor-recovery system can work if the charcoal canister hasn't already been wrecked by being flooded with gas too many times.
  • For "true" accurate mileage distance readings, travel an interstate highway for 10 miles while setting the trip meter at the start.

    On one of my vehicles, the "indicated" distance was 10.3 mi though only 10 actual miles traveled.

    So I subtract 3% from the miles traveled "prior" to figuring mpg figures.

    I travel from Ga to Colorado rather often and use a 100 mile run to get a super accurate figure, just FYI :)

    It seems as if most vehicles are a bit optimistic on the odometer, trip meter and computer, even on new tires of correct size ? Go figure.
  • I agree this can flood the charcoal canister with fuel which will be sucked into the engine.

    However if All things are working correctly, the O2 sensor should read this and lean the mixture accordingly. [After the engine is in "Closed-Loop" mode,
    [proper eng temp and O2 sensor fired off]
  • garv214garv214 Posts: 162
    For "true" accurate mileage distance readings, travel an interstate highway for 10 miles while setting the trip meter at the start

    I like your idea. How were you able to test the "true" mileage vs the odometer? Did you use a GPS, Mile markers...?

    For what it is worth, I just filled my second tank almost all city driving (170 miles city, 10 miles of highway), and I averaged 29.9...the computer estimated 30.1. The gallons used on the computer was exactly what I put in the tank...so I guess the rest is just rounding.

    Happy Thanksgiving to All in the Forum!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,747
    That's a huge variance for an odometer..... are you riding on the stock size tires? Speedometer variances are common, but odometers are usually within 1%..

    I'd be really ticked if my car read 51,500 miles, when I'd only driven 50,000.

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  • I use mile markers not GPS, don't have one at this time.

    On my many trips to Colorado from GA, I often check the odometer for a 100 mile run.
  • Forgot to mention that a Computer Trip indicated 30.1 vs an actual 29.9 is what I'd call "accurate, enough anyway.
  • I do run stock diameter tires, yet take into consideration that the true dia when new vs nearly worn out may be substantial especially with large SUV/Pu tires.

    In the past dealers offered speedometer "pinion gears" of different sizes to correct speedo/odometer errors.

    Even in the days of the 700R4 with the electronic speedo, the gear sets were available, as in the case of my "91 Caprice.

    As I understand it, some vehicles must be "calibrated" via a plug-in laptop module to correct speedo errors, as in pickup trucks with non-standard tires. These can cause in addition to ECM confusion, Braking Problems, besides speedo errors
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,747
    Yeah... old Ford Econlines had a plastic odometer gear.... if you were running off, you just changed from 16 grooves to 17.... (or something like that)..

    Most odometers I've had have been dead on.... mile markers, gps, whatever..... The speedometers and on-board mileage computers are another matter...

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  • eliaselias Posts: 1,916
    speedo gears.
    (new edmunds forum idea: name a random car part and i'll have a specific story about it.)

    there were two speedo gears on the pre-electronic-dashboard cars and they had to be matched. one gear at speedo head and one in/on transmission.

    in an ongoing zeries of Z28s, my 89 iroc (5 manual gears, 2 catalytic converters) arrived from factory with mismatched gears such that speedo registered nearly 1.7x actual speed.
    it took months to fix. GM shop tried 3 times and randomized the speedo ratio each time.
    they couldn't get it right - kept ordering/installing the wrong gear.
    in the end, the GM shop sent the car to local speedshop which certified cop car speedos with custom speedo gears, which they did for my 'z' . Also GM extended the warranty by 2k odometer miles.

    along the way i learned to know my speed via rpm/gear/SOTP as well as learning to divide by 1.7 all the more more quickly. a state police officer helped provide incentive for such education and also provided a genuine belly-laugh and a citation for 70 in a 55 when i told him of the broken factory speedo and pointed at the stack of GM paperwork about it.

    the chevy cruze surely has no speedo gears whatsoever. :|
    but apparently does have a steering wheel & electric steering mechanism, also with way fewer gears than a 1980s steering wheel/rack.

    previously someone had mentioned/theorized that one could swap an LTZ/whatever steering wheel onto an LS to provide CRUISE-CONTROL with no other mods required. anyone tried this or got any more info on it?
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    What model has dual pipes, I can't find it on here?
    TY Puffin
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,916
    i don't think any cruze has dual pipes - nor speedo gears.
    (previous post went on about speedo gears from a 1989 GM car with dual cats, so probably didn't belong in a cruze forum at all!)
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    i think the cruze LTZ model might have dual pipes,not sure though.
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    Good Luck
    DrVette
  • That's a good grand cheaper than NW Ga or Chattanooga pricing.
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